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Leaving psychological tradition…

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Being truly mindful or of a deeply meditative mind, is not something that one can know that one is experiencing or part of.  The beauty of the unknown is that it cannot merely be held or captured by the known.  It is a state of true humility where the one who may be involved with it is not certain that it is being done.   There’s no certitude in full mindfulness and profound meditation, because the unknown cannot be captivated (and owned) by the known.  So many of us are indoctrinated by mere symbolic knowledge… by the known; it is what was poured into us — formulating us — throughout our youth.  Even our individual concepts of self are essentially learned symbols and images.  Concentration is all well and good, at times, but it has little to do with this; this goes far beyond mere concentration.  Concentration involves focusing on various images and mental patterns (symbolic patterns).  Concentration is often necessary, but a mind that merely concentrates is stuck in a very limited segment of what the mind is capable of.   We’ve been concentrating for eons, and look where it has gotten us.  We may have better machines and more comfortable lives, but we are lost in symbols, competition, separative ideologies, with power-hungry leaders and mechanical systems manipulating our lives.

It takes great courage and intelligence to step out of that field (that so many of us are immersed in).  To leave the field of the known (i.e., the field of absorbed symbols and learned mental formulations) is, indeed, a kind of psychological dying.  However, it is where the true innocence and true beauty of a different kind of intelligence exists.  Not doing it is truly a morbid kind of decay.  Most of us want to be certain.  We remain (perpetually) in the field of learned images and symbols; we are frightened to go beyond that.  Interestingly, remaining (perpetually) in that field continues with what remains secondhand, stale, and unoriginal.

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Softshelled Turtle. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Softshelled Turtle. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

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Thinking about oneself, one saw what one was taught…

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Things in the universe, though they may seem to be separate and very different, may all be reflections of a larger whole.  However, most of us were educated to perceive via fragmentation.  Even most of the top scientists of the world currently tend to dissect things and look more at the parts…  not so much at the whole.  The mind can intelligently perceive without merely seeing via standard patterns and images (that were instilled within it, formulating its constitution).  For many of us, even self-images consist of fragmentary concepts and images that were accumulated from learned paradigms.  Even when we look inwardly, we see fragmentarily… we see learned symbols/images.  Undoubtedly, there would be less wars and less indifference towards nature if more of us would go beyond the norm and perceive more holistically.  The right arm will not robotically wage war against (and try to vanquish) the left arm if it clearly sees the reality of the whole.

True independence is going beyond conditioning; it is going beyond the dependence upon old patterns and systems that were implanted by others (who absorbed and became them themselves).  If one remains in circumscribed patterns, one can’t go far; and, interestingly, such a “farness” is beyond distance and separation.  

Perpetuity (1). Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Perpetuity (1). Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

 Perpetuity (2). Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Perpetuity (2). Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

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Many want to ignore this and sweep it under the rug…

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When I was very young, (before I became a vegetarian) I was an avid fisherman.  I loved fishing tremendously; being out there, with nature, was a large part of it (and was very special).  There was a manmade lake that I would often fish at that was fairly new; adjacent to it, and connected to it by a narrow channel, was a huge, shallow swamp area (that was nearly as big as the lake itself).  Most people who fished at the lake didn’t know about the swamp area; it was a superb area that contained many fish, many of which would go there to spawn and lay eggs.  All kinds of other wildlife were there.  There was a large factory not far from the swamp, however, and each year the swamp would get more and more slime and oily residue floating at the surface, much of which was undoubtedly due to pollution from the factory and from the industrial environment.  Each year would be exponentially worse than the next.  There would be less and less fish each year and more and more noxious algae and scummy debris. Back then, as a kid, I felt that what was going on in the swamp was a precursor to what would be going on for our entire planet; I deeply felt that often.

Now scientists are saying that we don’t have much time left (before it’s too late) to “get it right” with changing things for the better with regard to the environment.  The permafrost of the globe is melting rapidly, and they say it will get exponentially worse each year, which will affect our environment in drastic ways.  Our weather is getting more and more erratic and violent and the coral reefs are rapidly dwindling.  Please try to do something more green; please try to use fossil fuel planes and automobiles less frequently and please recycle and look into using alternative energy forms that don’t leave as big of a carbon footprint.  Our human population, additionally, needs to be regulated more and intelligently diminished; an aquarium with too many fish within it cannot adequately recycle the waste and remain balanced.  Each one of us is highly responsible and must do our part.

(This won’t fit under a rug; it’s our planet.)

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 Fly-catching. (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Fly-catching. (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Fly-catching. (2) (Digital Crayon). Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Fly-catching. (2) (Digital Crayon). Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

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Beyond the here and the now…

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Most of us, in existence — because of the way we were educated (or miseducated) — are immersed almost exclusively in the conceptual, rather than in what is of real energy and substance.  Our concepts (and our perceptions that are based on concepts) are almost always about virtual patterns and images; they are seldom (or never) of the essence of actual energy.  Our modes of consciousness are almost always based around “patterns” within energy; we are seldom (or never) pure and unadulterated energy.  Certain people and groups maintain that you should strive to exist in the “here and now” to better come into contact with that pristine energy (or the essence or source behind all things).  (They’ll give you all kinds of techniques or methods for getting to the “here and now,” which is so ludicrous, as if a technique from the past can fabricate the present.)  Really, for many, the “here and now” is often the result of more concepts, more propositions and proposals put forward by others to absorb and react to.  Then such a “here” or such a “now” becomes a learned frame of mind or mindset (that seems to be divorced from the past), but that really is an extension from (and of) the past.  Perhaps the conditioned recognition of the “now” (as being separate from the past and the future) requires reactions (from the past) that negate the actuality of really being in (a now that is not merely part of the past).  So there is a strong possibility that the moment you recognize that you are in “the here and now”… you really aren’t in (or of) it.  

Most of us are endlessly talkative (to ourselves), endlessly chattering (or visualizing mental images) throughout the day (and night, as we sleep).  We thrive on these endlessly chattering patterns… we are these endlessly chattering patterns.  We are used to being the past, endlessly restructuring itself from (and “as”) patterns that were learned and absorbed.  If the mind (naturally, without method or effort) is quiet (at times) throughout the day, (extremely aware and alert, but without endlessly chattering to itself internally), then at night it can really rest and sleep (without any continuing and habitual, conditioned chattering).  Then, when it sleeps, dreams (and the many absurd patterns that they entail) need not take place; then the mind can really rest and gather energy, without friction, without fears, inner struggles, needless conflict, and all that clutter.  Then, when such a mind wakes, it is naturally (without any effort whatsoever) quiet.  In that quietness, there is no conflict, struggle, friction, control, or domination.  Then there’s no recognition of a “now” separate from the past or the future; but there is an intensity (an intelligent awareness) without dependence upon anything — not even dependence upon recognition and knowledge (which so many are frightened to leave) — (and this includes being beyond the patterns that were poured into it when it was younger).  Then, when it looks, it doesn’t merely robotically perceive what was taught.  Such a mind is truly alive and doesn’t exclusively perceive through (and “as”) the screen of the learned/programmed past.

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Downsideup. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Downsideup. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

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The substantial… (Multi-Photo)

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If one cares to understand the entirety (i.e., the completeness) of the universe as a whole, then one must essentially be complete in oneself.  One can’t be complete in oneself if one merely perceives fragmentarily, with conflict, separation, and with mere conceptual images that were learned.   So many try to spread their conceptual images of what they themselves absorbed (in terms of what they believe wisdom and truth to be).  However, truth is never secondhand, and it is never what one merely rearranged or calculated from what one absorbed from others.  Too many (online and in books) try to point the way to truth, when — throughout their entire life — enlightenment never occurred.  Many merely share what they were brainwashed with (or “as”), which isn’t (usually) real substantial sharing at all.  When the blind lead the blind, both eventually end up in the ditch.   Writing about facts and about certain basic things like “love for others” or about “love of life and all of life’s creatures” is good (from others) and admirable; however, when they go beyond that and spill into delicate philosophical areas, without having gone beyond secondhand concepts or realizations, that is something else.  

Profound truth is never secondhand, nor a free ride; you have to do the work.  Don’t adhere to what anyone says about what the truth is; discard all leaders, gurus, sages, religious cults, and all those popular lemming groups.  Find out for yourself.  If you don’t find out for yourself, then what is discovered will (more than likely) largely be conceptual or rehashed… which is no substantial discovery whatsoever.  

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In the pink. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

In the pink. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Not In the pink. (Digital Charcoal). Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Not In the pink. (Digital Charcoal). Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

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It’s taking off time… (Multi-Photo)

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It’s taking off time

4 the bee.

4 U 2 soar, beyond being and unbeing,

there must be taking off time

4 U.

U can’t be there

if U are not taking off time.

A mere sequence of accumulating 

patterns and experiences in time

isn’t soaring;

it’s unsoaring-merelybeing.

Every now and then

(beyond the mere groping after sequential patterns or the mere running away from patterns)

take off some time

(beyond conflict) and soar.

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Taking off time. (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Taking off time. (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Taking off time. (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Taking off time. (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015